Man investigated in death of child points to his wife

09 June, 2017, 08:55 | Author: Brittany Bishop
  • Jason Quate 34 is charged with sex trafficking of an adult and accepting  receiving earnings of a prostitute. Credit Las Vegas PD

The discovery was made Tuesday in Centreville, a suburb southeast of St. Louis.

A woman who lived next door to the Quates in Belleville said she used to drive Quate's wife to work at various fast-food restaurants because she had crashed cars her parents had given her and had no transportation.

That neighbor also said that the couple never owned a vehicle so she can't figure out how the body got from their house in Belleville to Centreville.

Officers found a child's remains Tuesday in the garage behind a vacant home in Centreville, Illinois, after a woman in Las Vegas contacted police. Dye said a forensic anthropologist is investigating and a cause of death has yet to be determined.

A woman who says she was sex trafficked in Las Vegas has led authorities to the body of a child in a vacant IL home, according to CBS affiliate KLAS.

"I can tell you it was a very disturbing scene, seeing the condition of the children, because you could tell they had obviously had limited outside involvement of the last 18 months to two years", Spencer said in the videotaped statement. He says his wife found the garage to dump the body.

The girl's mother contacted police from a woman's shelter, where she said she had gone to seek refuge from her husband. They suspect the child was killed in 2013. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he expected to file charges of felony sex trafficking and living off the earnings of a prostitute Wednesday against Quate.


She stated that her husband was extremely abusive and had forced her to go out and solicit herself for prostitution and also was physically abusive to the children. She said her husband had forced her into sex trafficking for two years. She said she would not allow authorities to enter and check the children's well-being.

The victim told police she and Quate met in IL but had moved to Las Vegas.

Quate declined an interview request on Thursday from The Associated Press.

Quate was taken into custody Tuesday morning on sex trafficking charges and may face additional counts.

The two daughters had a "significant amount of scars and bruises on their bodies", Spencer said in an interview Thursday. He told the Post-Dispatch that he had lied to the TV station and that his wife had come up with the adoption story after their daughter died.

One neighbor said it was Quate's wife that anxious her. Their two teenage daughters are now in protective custody.

Neighbors said they knew the couple had kids but they were never allowed anyone to see them.

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